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Grateful Dead Live at Soldier Field on 1992-06-25




Set 1:
d1t01 - Tuning
d1t02 - Bertha ->
d1t03 - Greatest Story Ever Told
d1t04 - West L.A. Fadeaway
d1t05 - Me And My Uncle ->
d1t06 - Big River
d1t07 - Ramble On Rose
d1t08 - When I Paint My Masterpiece
d1t09 - Brown Eyed Women
d1t10 - The Music Never Stopped

Set 2:
d2t01 - Iko Iko
d2t02 - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
d2t03 - Way To Go Home
d2t04 - Saint Of Circumstance ->
d2t05 - He's Gone ->
d2t06 - Drums ->
d3t01 - Space ->
d3t02 - The Wheel ->
d3t03 - So Many Roads ->
d3t04 - All Along The Watchtower ->
d3t05 - Turn On Your Lovelight

Encore:
d3t06 - Gloria


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Soldier Field
Location Chicago, IL

Source SBD -> Dat -> CD
Lineage CD -> EAC -> Samplitude Professional v8.01 -> FLAC
Taped by Paul Scotton
Transferred by Charlie Miller and Paul Scotton

Notes

Notes:
-- Seamless transition between discs 2 and 3.
-- Thanks to Paul Scotton for the audio discs.
-- Watchtower tease after The Wheel.
-- Steve Miller on Iko, Schoolgirl, Watchtower, Lovelight and Gloria.
-- James Cotton on Schoolgirl, Lovelight and Gloria.

Reviews

Reviewer: TexasJeff - - February 15, 2014
Subject: My only show
This show was the only time I was lucky enough to see the Dead. I was there for the second show but night one was obviously the gem here. I am a harmonica player as well and I had no idea Cotton was going to be there, I was amazed needless to say.
Its so great to be able to hear the show in a somewhat less "foggy" state of mind.
My thanks to those that have made this available!

5 years later
Yea, lots of changes since I wrote that review. A divorce, degrees, other things. One thing is constant, my love for the Dead and their gift to me. Times were very dark for me when I was at these shows, music saved my ass. Pigpen was the guy who got me into the Dead, and harmonica. I find it ironic I was at this place and time to see a bit of a revival of his spirit. I am lucky and blessed to be writing this. Don't give up hope, brothers and sisters.
Reviewer: njpg - - December 2, 2011
Subject: Terrific listen.
Too bad about the lack of labels and track numbers for a show you can no longer download.
Reviewer: gratedude69 - - February 16, 2010
Subject: great
great great
Reviewer: JoeShoe - - June 18, 2009
Subject: My first show!
This show is pretty much flawless. Look at the setlist, here isn't a bad song in the bunch. Okay Way to Go Home is a bad song but this is the best played GD version IMO. In fact, I think this show is one of Vinces finest hours. He's on point the whole night, vocally and on the keys. Check out Vince and Jerry trading licks back and forth during the Greatest Story and West LA for proof.
Set one is rock solid front to back with every tune offering something special. The Bertha is one of my favorites from any era. Phil is dropping bombs throughout and Jerry shines on the solo with some intricate fingerpicking. Jerry is enjoying this Bertha so much his solo is about twice as long as was usual. Bertha drops right into a powerhouse Greatest Story. As I mentioned before, Vince is in rare form. Bobby starts making his presence known during the jam, old Ace wasnt just going through the motions this night. West LA is among the most smoking versions of this slinky tune. Jerry is all over his solo's and Vince and the drummers are right there with him, Phil and Bobby add to the jam and it's starting to become apparent that this is no ordinary evening and that the boys are clicking big time. Big River features some spunky Jerry leads and Vince taking a rollicking piano solo. Sweet Ramble On Rose with Jerry finding that perfect tone. Soldier Field was the ideal venue for Masterpiece, nowhere else did the "inside the coliseum" line ring truer. Brown Eyed Woman is in fine form with Jerry pulling notes from the neck of his guitar like little nuggets. This is one of the best versions of Music Never Stopped from the 80s-90s, right up there with the Alpine 89 version, at just under 10 minutes is has to be one of the longest too. Jerry breaks out the midi flute and sends the first jam into outer space with Bobbys rhythm hurtling through an asteroid field then right on cue back to the MNS jam, people dancing on the field with wild abandon. Bobby takes the reigns and him and Vinnie conspire to take the jam completely over the top. "We'll be back in just a little bit"
Second set opens with a drum and organ driven Iko Iko, makes me wish that Vince had a real Hammond B3 like Brent. Steve Miller finds his way out during one of the jams. After Iko they start fooling around with the Schoolgirl riff. Schoolgirl had only been played once since 1970 and it was quite the rare treat for those of us in attendance. They had just released Two From the Vault with the killer Pigpen Schoolgirl and I think this was a tip of the cap to old Pig. While this one doesnt compare to the 68 Shrine version it's still alot of fun for everyone involved. Blues harp legend James Cotton lays down some downright dirty Chicago blues solos. Cotton is the real deal Holyfield, he used to be in Muddy Waters band, nuff said. James proceeds to give all in attendance a free clinic on playing the blues, Chi-town style. Steve Miller sounds better on these blues tunes than some of the other material he sat in on over this summer tour(Other One AM Dew etc), he doesnt have to stretch his abilities too much, just good ole 12 bar blues jams. Jerry slows it down with an old school fingerpicked solo, showing off his blues chops. Way to Go Home is probably the best version out there. Classic combo Saint>He's Gone into killer drums segment with the train horn that they were doing in 92. Very psychedelic swirling space. To pluto and back into a solid Wheel with Phil pushing the jams. Watchtower tease but Jerry's not done yet. He steers the band into my all time favorite So Many Roads, the overhyped 95 Soldier Field version pales in comparison. While this one doesnt have the vocal theatrics of some others it is much more tastful and Jerry's solo is as heatbreakingly poignant as they come, his notes come through crystal clear(unlike the sloppy but passionate 95 one). This is the all time best Watchtower too. No kidding! Just listen for yourself, Jerry and Steve Miller take turns blazing away and Bobby sings with passion. "NO REASON TO GET EXCITED!" This Lovelight is my favorite post-Pigpen for sure. James Cotton comes back out on harp and the sound harkens back to the days of old when Pig would really take this tune for a ride. Bobby is having so much fun that after a long drawn out ending, he keeps singing "shine on me yeah" and the whole band comes back for another round of pounding out that classic Bobby 'Blue' Bland riff. A false ending!?! AMAZING!!! GD music just doesn't get any better than that!
Oh wait...yes it does! Gloria! G-L-O-R-I-A GLOOOOORIAAAA!!! They bring back the whole crew(Miller and Cotton) for a rip snortin' rompin' stompin' raunch and roll romp through this garage band anthem. Everyone is giving it their all. "I say she knocked upon my door...I Said She Knocked Upon My Door! I SAID SHE KNOCKED UPON MY DOOR!!!!!!!" When Bobby says "She's walkin' up my stairs" Steve Miller drags his pick up the strings in classic rocker fashion. LOL Funny stuff. James Cotton gets another sick harp solo in and it's obvious that everyone involved is having a ball, audience players everybody. They drag out the ending to epic proportions while Phil drops bombs that shook Soldier Field to its very foundations.
This isn't the spaciest show, nor is it the most majestic, no darkstar>terrapin>H/S/Franks>Morning Dew ect. But it is Chicago blues rock party music at it's best and trust me, a fine time was had by all. Aint nothin but a party y'all!
5 stars for Charlie Miller SBD(the monitor mix sounds a little better but it's chopped up)
5 stars for rare tunes and guests.
5 stars for all the boys playing their hearts out. Special kudos going to Bobby, who is on fire the entire night. Vince, his playing and singing doesn't get any better. Phil, for his constant bombs. And Billy, who is the man.
I'm not just saying this cuz it was my first show either, I'm objective enough to know a bad show when I hear it(and I saw plenty!). This is one of the best shows of the 90s if you want a good time party vibe and classic blues rock with a strong Pigpen vibe. Pigpens spirit never shined so bright after his passing as it does on this night, especially with the blues harp on the old standards Lovelight and Schoolgirl, I'm sure he was smiling down from on high.
Vince haters please look elsewhere. Those with an open mind and no anti-Vince bias will be stoked with this show. As for the Brent/Bruce worshipers, go back to Alpine 89 or MSG 91.
(I give a show 5 stars if I think it is one of the best of that year/era. Trying to compare shows from different eras is impossible, the sounds are so different it's like apples and oranges)
Reviewer: kcmoeron09 - - June 4, 2009
Subject: i dont typically write up GD reviews....
for lack of experience, age, and never seeing the band in their heyday i leave the critiques, praises, and memories to another generation, but this show deserves all stars available. Sound is crisp and on point, jerry plays clean, energized and lively, and bobbie's singing shines without reverb or scratchy vocals. whoever is on keys at this point in time drops spectacular rhythm and manages (with help of the tantalizing percussion unit) to patch together the band in a truly seamless way. Second set from 'Saint' through 'Lovelight" seems to me to be a exemplary moment of GD muscianship and spacy improv. thank you taper, much appreciated hope others enjoyed this show as much as i did :) one of the best post-1985 shows i have ever had the pleasure of hearing! long live the Dead!
Reviewer: Show Companion - - February 22, 2008
Subject: Thank You, Sir.
Thank you from all of us.
Reviewer: pscotton - - January 16, 2008
Subject: Grateful Dead 1992-06-25
I am not the taper however I did give Charlie the discs.
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